As China tightens its grip on Hong Kong, people are leaving for Taiwan

Residents of Hong Kong, deeply concerned by Beijing's new security law, seek safety and freedom in nearby Taiwan.

NBC News
Date: July 3, 2020
By: Cindy Sui

A vendor crafts statues of Hong Kong protesters at a rally marking the one-year anniversary of the start of the protests in Hong Kong, at Liberty Square in Taipei, Taiwan, on June 13.Ann Wang / Reuters file

TAIPEI — On the walls of the Protection Umbrella, a diner in Taipei, posters show protesters wearing gas masks and helmets battling police in Hong Kong.

The restaurant was opened in April to provide jobs for protesters who fled to Taiwan to escape arrest during the demonstrations over the past year in the former British colony.

Now that Beijing has enacted a national security law for Hong Kong, heralding significant changes in the territory’s governance, the exodus is expected to increase.

The law will allow Beijing to mete out severe punishment to anyone found guilty of secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with external forces to threaten national security. It could see the Chinese government sending in its own law enforcers.    [FULL  STORY]

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